KLA/MPLA Conference 2018

    October 24, 2018 9:00 AM to October 26, 2018 3:00 PM
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    Hyatt Regency Wichita
    400 W Waterman
    Wichita, KS 67202
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    Join us in Wichita, Kansas, for the KLA/MPLA Joint Conference. This year, KLA will have the privilege of hosting librarians from 11 states across the MPLA region. This not only increases the networking opportunities, but also increases the diversity of breakout sessions, after conference events, and vendors.

    As always, this year we will have one free meal included with registration. To receive your free meal, add a meal to your registration and enter the coupon code FreeMeal18

    Conference Dates:

    October 24-26, 2018

    Opening Keynote:

    Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney is co-author of “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.” He is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions. He currently works as the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only national Political Action Committee for Libraries and is a lecturer on politics at the San Jose State University iSchool. He is a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker recipient for his advocacy work in California and across the country. He can be found online as PC Sweeney.

    Closing Keynote:

    Marci Penner is the executive director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, and author, speaker, promoter and supporter of rural Kansas. Marci and her dad founded the Foundation in 1993. The mission of the non-profit is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities. Some of the better known projects are the Kansas Explorers Club, the Big Kansas Road Trip, the Big Rural Brainstorm, the We Kan! Conference, the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, the PowerUp Movement, and Kansas Guidebooks for Explorers. Marci was named Distinguished Kansas of the Year in 2005 and has received other state and national awards for her work with rural communities.

    Author Luncheon Keynote:

    The titles “president” and “CEO” may conjure up traditional notions of authoritarian leadership, but Ed O’Malley, who holds those titles at the Kansas Leadership Center, doesn’t see them that way. Author of For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership (co-authored with David C. Chrislip) and  Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere (co-authored with Amanda Cebula), O’Malley spent four years as a state legislator, with a ringside seat for both effective and ineffective displays of civic leadership. To him, leadership is not a title, personality trait or workshop topic. Instead, it’s an opportunity that people can grasp and choose to exercise in many different ways and venues.


    Hyatt Regency Wichita

    Book Your Room Here – A dedicated website is available for you to book your hotel room online. Reservations can be made starting August 1, 2018

    • Room Rates for 2018:

    • $129/night Single Occupancy

    • $136/night Double Occupancy

    • $149/night Triple Occupancy

    • $159/night Quadruple Occupancy

    Hotel Contact Information:

    400 W Waterman
    Wichita, KS 67202
    Phone: 316-293-1234
    Fax: 316-293-1200
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    Overnight Guests that have booked under the group rate of KS Library Assn have complimentary self-parking in the parking garage – use hotel guest room key to use the in/out of the garage each day.

    The rate for Local/Drive-in Attendees (guests with the group KS Library Assn) will be charged $10/day per vehicle.

    The rates for valet parking apply for both overnight and drive-in, individual guests pay $14/day

    Complimentary self-parking is available in the South parking lot across the street.


    $255.00 Full Conference Member Ticket
    $225.00 Earlybird rate before September 17

    $150.00 Full Conference Member Ticket (Friend, Student, and Retired Members)
    $125.00 Earlybird rate before September 17

    $150.00 Full Conference Member Ticket (Trustee Members)
    $125.00 Earlybird rate before September 17

    $0.00 Full Conference Member Ticket - Institutional Members

    $125.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Wed. or Thurs.)

    $65.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Wed. or Thurs.) - Friend, Student, and Retired Members

    $65.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Wed. or Thurs.) - Trustee Members

    $65.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Friday)

    $50.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Friday) - Friend, Student, and Retired Members

    $50.00 1 Day Member Ticket (Friday) - Trustee Members

    $255.00 MPLA Member Full Conference
    $225.00 Earlybird rate before September 17

    $125.00 MPLA Member Single Day of Conference (Wed. or Thurs.)

    $355.00 Full Conference Non-Member Ticket
    $325.00 Earlybird rate before September 17

    $65.00 MPLA Member Single Day of Conference (Fri.)

    $225.00 1 Day Non-Member Ticket (Wed. or Thurs.)

    $165.00 1 Day Non-Member Ticket (Friday)

    $35.00 Author Luncheon with Ed O'Malley

    $35.00 FOKL Luncheon

    $35.00 KASL Luncheon

    $10.00 MPLA 70th Birthday Bash!

    $40.00 Pre-Conference: ALA Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Bootcamp (James LaRue, Director, OIF and Marci Merola, Director, OLA)

    $40.00 Pre-Conference: All Hands on Deck: Taking your Career Into your Own Hands

    $0.00 Pre-Conference: Customer Service: No Problem Serving your Patrons with Empathy, Compassion, and Understanding

    $40.00 Pre-Conference: How to be a One-Person UX Team in your Library

    $95.00 Pre-Conference: Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action

    $0.00 Pre-Conference: Poverty Simulation and Breakdown for Libraries

    $40.00 Pre-Conference: Project Management in Libraries

    $0.00 Pre-Conference: Tour Henry Industries Warehouse

    $0.00 Pre-Conference: Weave a Tale Workshop presents Supercharging Your Storytime: Intentionality is Key!

    $150.00 MPLA Full Conference (Retired Members)
    $125.00 Earlybird rate before September 17